Slowing down was the last thing on Elaine Schaefer’s mind when she turned 70 last year. She’d enjoyed an ambitious travel schedule for the previous decade, which included a 10-day horseback safari in Botswana and a snorkeling tour of Bora Bora. She didn’t feel too old to travel.
Then the pandemic hit. Suddenly, with the exception of a cautious staycation or two, she was confined to her home. Being in a high-risk group didn’t help. But she says that’s not going to stop her.
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Lee Weikert and her husband want to plan a spring break trip during a pandemic. They’d like to visit Phoenix in March for Cactus League spring training. But like many Americans, they are afraid the virus will throw them a curveball.
Instead of flying, the Weikerts intend to make the 12-hour drive from Diamond Springs in northern California. They hope to be vaccinated beforehand. And they most definitely will have a Plan B.
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Are you ready for a long vacation? Jeffrey Blaustein and his wife, Marilyn, are.
Their next getaway is a five-week road trip from Amherst, Mass., to St. George Island off Florida’s Panhandle. That’s half an eternity compared with the average number of vacation days — nine per year — that Americans use for travel, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Travel Association.
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If you’re reading this, then something has probably gone wrong with your trip. Maybe your airline canceled your flight or your hotel lost your reservation. It’s happening a lot during the pandemic. And you need to know how to solve your travel problem.
I’m here to help. I write the nationally syndicated Travel Troubleshooter column, and over more than two decades of consumer advocacy, I’ve helped resolve tens of thousands of trips that went wrong. (By the way, I also pen a column called Problem Solved, which helps all other consumer complaints.)
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I’ve spent my entire career helping people avoid travel trouble. As the Washington Post’s Navigator columnist, I know where the land mines are buried.
Here are the most common travel problems — and solutions:
- I’ll show you how to get a refund for an airline ticket.
- I’ll help you book the best room at any hotel. If you can’t, I can help you get an upgrade at no extra expense.
- I’ll make sure you avoid the worst car rental problem ever: a bogus damage bill.
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